AGNYTHA: Hand Woven Textiles
It is probably the most popular souvenir shop in Mesta.
It is so colourful inside that it attracts the visitor even if they don't have any intention of buying. The owner has decorated this souvenir shop with much exquisiteness and everything in here is of quality and class.
I really don't want to buy anything, but I feel that this shop attracts me, so I get in and ask permission to have a look around.
The lady showed me how she weaves her hand made pieces.
What to buy: Here besides the hand made embroideries you can find tableclothes, placements, jewellery, icons and all sorts of gifts.
What to pay: The prces are reasonable
L'Mastic Spa: Pure Touch of Beauty!
There are 28 shops in Greece, but because they are local products, now is the chance to try them. You can find them in some hotels as well in the small basket (hotel complements) in the bathroom.
They are authentic pharmaceutical ingredients because Mastic is unique, with high antibacterial, amtifungus, and moisturizing activities for both the body and face care.
Sodis laboratories have created in the World Unique line of more than 200 mastic cosmetics.
What to buy: In these Mastic Spa Shops you can buy anything from face, hair and body care, bath showers, tooth paste, soaps and sunscreens, to different cosmetic creams for both men and women.
"CHIOTIKO KELLARI": Vessa's Authentic Traditional Pasta Workshop
I had the previlege to meet Nico Constandoulaki, the creator of the small Traditional Workshop of Pastry in Vessa, who has been awarded again and again and honoured by many chefs and magazines in both Greece and Europe.
Vassilis, introduced him to us and I was amazed to see all those articles written in magazines about his creations.
Nico wants to keep the workshop small he told me and the best of all is that he is not interested in expanding and promoting these products in big chain supermarkets.
He is determined to keep the quality high and for this reason he always uses different Greek herbs for his creations. When he speaks about his products he is so proud and sure of the high quality the goods have.
The packing of these products is so well looked after as well. We spent over an hour in Nico's workshop and I feel lucky to have met him. I was offered some products as gifts but I also bought a couple of them to try.
I got in touch with him the previous day and told him that I have already tried some of his products and they are really exceptional. Those chefs and magazines who wanted to promote Nico's products were absolutely right. I even gave him the recipe I used for the sauce for a specific kind of pasta he makes with nettle herb.
I believe people who come to Vessa should ask and find this Workshop and see for themselves what I am talking about, and try these products too.
What to buy: People coming here will have the chance to purchase from a variety of Authentic Local pastry products.
Buy Local Popular Products
Some of the Local products of Chios which are found all over the island, are the following.
1. Mastic and various products made of mastic.
2. Traditional conserved sweets.
3. Ouzo and wine (they have a local red wine of excellent taste served in restaurants slightly
sweet. Try it!
4. Sweet-smelling herbs.
5. Chian milk products and refreshments.
6. Pastelaries (sundried figs)
7. Pasteli (sweet made of honey and sesame).
8. Chian delights.
What to bring back from Chios!
1)Mastiha is the first thing that comes in my mind of course! Mastiha shops are now everywhere in Greece but here you are at its source! You can find a dozen of products made of mastic, chewings gums, sweets etc
2)Buy wonderful spoon sweets, most are made of whole fruit, The most famous in Chios is mantarinaki.
3)Check also Souma, a drink like tsipuro but made by figs.
4)If you’re looking for tourist souvenirs you can check out the market area around the main square Vunakiu in Hora.
5)You can also buy the small tomates.
6)Some tourists take as a souvenir a black pebble from Mavra Volia beach but that's not allowed. If all of us take one it will be no pebbles left :)
Buy natural cosmetics with mastic
The cosmetics are made from the natural oil of mastic and they are 100% natural
There is a big variety of products for the face, hair and body.
What to buy: Shampoo, bath foams, soaps, body lotions, colognes, toothpastes. all with the nice natural perfume of mastic.
Buy products of mastic
Mastic is a natural product that comes from mastic trees. It is a natural resin off white colour, semi transparent.
It is used as a natural and hygienic chewing gum, excellent for teeth cleaning and as a medicine for stomachache, stomach ulcer, diabetes, cholesterol etc.
What to buy: NATURAL GUM MASTIC
LOUKOUMIA WITH MASTIC (small sweet with mastic)
ELMA chewing gum with mastic
OUZO with mastic